Displaced Geek

Just a city geek and father coming to terms with being replanted in farm country

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Local or just Lazy?

At the moment, I’m not sure there’s a difference.

The other day Emma and I were talking about our CSA, and the comment was made that a lot more food went uneaten and was thrown out last year as opposed to this year. Now, nothing gets completely wasted, as anything we don’t eat is thrown into the compost, and helps to make more vegetables somewhere down the line. But it’s still frustrating to have vegetables go bad simply because you haven’t made the time to eat them. This year, we let a few cucumbers go bad, mostly because I forgot they were there, and that’s about it.

It was during this conversation that I realized how much our eating habits have changed since we began our rural life.

While living in the city is the epitome of convenience, we obviously pay for that ease of access in many ways. Not the least of which is the lack of truly fresh vegetables and fruit. And while there are reports that this is rapidly changing thanks to the increased market penetration of groups like Suburban Organics and Door to Door Organics, and a continual shift in the policies of chain stores like Wegmans, and Meijer, my personal experience with city food shopping, combined with continued reports of “local washing” have me doubting that your average consumer is getting anything fresher than they were years ago.
(before Emma get’s on my case in the comments, yes, we had a produce guy that walked around with a cart when we lived in Baltimore, but I have no idea where those fruits came from, and since he had oranges and bananas when it was still pretty frosty outside, I’m pretty sure he doesn’t count)

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Written by Peter

August 17, 2011 at 1208